Bend in change with resilience


As it turns out when I was young, I didn’t really believe in myself …

I had deep beliefs that I was not successful, enough or safe. Now I understand that your beliefs mirror how you interpret your reality and the health your body.

In my 20’s my career led to dead end after dead end, I would work so hard and nothing was effortless. Right before a big opportunity I would sabotage it and it just never worked out.

My decisions mirrored what I deeply believed – that I was not successful and not good enough. My body started to mirror how paralysed I felt emotionally and mentally.

Initially it was numbness and pins and needles. Then a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at age 24 years old.

This was even more evidence for me, that I would never be successful, good enough, I would never be able to achieve my dreams.

5 years later this led to a massive attack that would paralyse the entire left hand side of my body. I could not wash or feed myself and within 10 days I lost life as I knew it and became immobile and confined to a wheelchair.

I had to hit rock bottom to have no choice to succeed.

It is amazing what happens inside of you when you are forced to choose. It was in moments like this I had to decide, I was either going to give up and continue on this destructive path.

Or I could channel my energy differently, and focus on what I wanted, instead of what I didn’t want – which was to get my body and life back.

It was as if I had lit a candle in a well lit room – you don’t really notice the light. But when everything becomes dark, that is a time when you find your light and what you are truly made of.

Setbacks are designed to move you, you are supposed to feel uncomfortable – so you change paths. They also shine a light, a new perspective. A new way to see things with new lenses.

Gratitude stems from these light and dark moments as you can never feel the joy of the light until you know the despair of the darkness.

With no choice but to succeed, it was this moment that I realised that I had to learn to bend like bamboo and go with the flow. I needed to understand flexibility in my mind. I could no longer see things with the same perspective. I had to think outside of the box and see new solutions, create new possibilities. The paralysis was happening anyway I had no control. By shifting my perspective not only was I better able to organise my thoughts, I stopped wasting energy procrastinating, feeling fearful and getting nowhere. I started to focus on what I wanted instead and what I needed to do to make the best impact. I had to believe that this could be my reality. When I learned to bend with all the change that was inevitable, my body started to follow.

With a lot of determination and a team of Eastern and Western Practitioners.

Within 6 weeks I went from being in a wheelchair, to having a foot brace, to having my knee taped up – to walking on my own. A rapid recovery, often unheard of.

But I did it.

The profound change that would occur within me would effect the rest of my life. What I deeply believed about myself had changed. I started to believe that I was capable, and I had new evidence and my brain started to process this. I now knew that I could change my mind.

If you want to create change, in your relationships, within yourself or in your business. It is not enough to have a thought about where you want to be.

You must truly within every cell of your body – believe it. Like it has already occurred, as though there was a parallel universe out there and this scenario exists and you must reach out and bring it into your existence.

To walk again – I had to believe that when my toe moved, this would then become my leg, my spine, my arm and face.

I embodied the end result, as if it was already so.

I learned that a shift can occur, if the want to change is greater than the need to hold onto your blocks. In my situation I had no choice but to let go of my old beliefs that “I can’t, I’m not successful or loveable.”

I was ready to let go of that pain and how it served me prior – because sometimes, our blocks validate our pain. Sometimes we do not want to let that go. We are too angry or resentful unable to process the past.

The minute you do – you may transform and become – your optimal potential.

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Business in Heels

Hey guys as a proud Ambassador for Business in Heels I am wanting to introduce an wonder woman to you all.

Lisa Sweeney is the CEO, Strategic Connector, Mentor & Speaker.
Passionate about unlocking the potential for women in business.

She is an inspired networking professional building a business, Business in Heels, to support entrepreneurs and professional women world-wide to be successful. Working to create a global marketplace where business women can succeed with equality. I strategically connect & negotiate win win deals for businesses looking to further their reach through our face to face events and social networks.

We wanted to share with you an opportunity from our friends at Business in Heels. Frustrated with so many businesses failing, and with a mantra to unlock the potential for women in business, they are determined to do something that will make a difference. It had to be practical and fun. So the Business Solutions Summit was born, promising a full one-day event supercharged with solution focussed workshops.

When: Melbourne Saturday 21st July 

Business in Heels are so very proud to begin the day with keynote Naomi Simson who’s focus will be on overcoming barriers to success.

Every participant will then participate in three pre-selected workshops each focused on a problem that is holding back their business. In small intimate groups with expert facilitators, participants will focus on their business and their problems. The outcome will be a bag load of practical tools and ideas they can implement as well as leaving with connections to a cohort of like-minded business owners facing similar challenges.

Throughout the day there will be many opportunities to connect with others, including the expert facilitators and exhibitors while exploring the expo. Naturally the day ends with a Signature Business in Heels event complete with an expert panel discussing how they too overcame their barriers.

It will be a day to remember!

Early Bird tickets are available until 18th June (now less than one month away) at $299. Thereafter tickets will revert to the regular price of $399.
OFFER: you get 10% discount from regular priced tickets reducing them by almost $40 to your connections. Simply register using the Code BSSFRIEND.

World MS Day 2018


The countdown is on to World MS Day 2018, and right up until Wednesday 30 May we’ll be joining the global campaign reflecting on how research is bringing us closer to better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. The hashtag #BringingUsCloser is your ticket to finding people and content on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. World MS Day 2018’s research theme makes this a great opportunity to get people affected by multiple sclerosis closer to researchers, as well as each other.

MS Ambassadors are inspirational men and woman who are passionate about sharing their personal story of life with multiple sclerosis. They may be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis themselves or care for someone who is. All MS Ambassadors are dedicated volunteers who care about educating the community and raising awareness engaging many types of audiences. They will share with you their unique perspective and journey of this complex diagnosis in a positive and uplifting way while motivating audiences with their courage, humour and determination.

Your MS AMBASSADOR: Amanda Campbell

Amanda had a fast paced, high profile professional career in the fashion industry, when this multi-talented young woman’s life changed tune. During 2009 at the age of twenty-nine it took just ten days for this dynamic young woman’s body to almost completely shut down. Left-sided paralysis left this normally very focused and independent young woman, scared and without the ability to lift her left arm and leg.

Admission to hospital, followed by two months of rehabilitation led Amanda to hit rock bottom and she asked herself if she would ever walk again. What followed was a miraculous awakening, where Amanda found the strength to find her way back to wellness and to get her life back.

Amanda’s recovery inspired her to study a Diploma in Sports Kinesiology. With her own professional clinic “Bend Like Bamboo”, she has now dedicated her life showing others how she achieved this. Amanda has come out the other end, enjoying her life by maintaining traditional medications alongside complementary medicine whilst addressing her nutrition and mind with the help of kinesiology and traditional Chinese Medicine.

She hopes to stay healthy by taking on board a positive lesson from this difficult time, a definite diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Amanda’s journey to wellness started in 2004 and since then she has dedicated her time to finding answers to why she became so unwell, and is working on unravelling the complexities of multiple sclerosis.

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that affects over 23,000 Australians. The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years old with 3 out of every 4 people diagnosed women. Currently there is no cure but treatments continue to help many people with multiple sclerosis to live well with the disease.

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The House of Wellness House Hero’s negative to positive

Choosing to focus on what she wanted, instead of what she didn’t, was the attitude that helped Amanda Campbell come out on top in her recovery from a debilitating MS attack.

In 2009, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) left Amanda Campbell with severe paralysis.

She lost her job, her partner and her independence.

“I would stare at the ceiling wondering what had just happened when moments ago I was living my life, building my business, out with friends,” she says. “I was in my 20s and in my prime.”

With the left side of her body almost completely paralysed and with little response to standard MS therapy, doctors told Amanda she may never walk again.

It was Amanda’s twin Nicole who refused to accept defeat for her beloved sister.

“One night Nicole threw me in my wheelchair and wheeled me down to the pub across the road,” she says. “We laughed and laughed and forgot about the 24/7 hell that was my reality at that time.”

It was that night that something very special happened to Amanda.

“I was clearly having fun with my friends, having dinner, feeling joy,” she recalls. “I came back to my room, my sister helped me into my pyjamas and then she went off to the bathroom. It was then that my toe moved for the first time. It was in that moment that I found hope.”

“So with a wonderful team of doctors, neuro-physiotherapists and the help of a kinesiologist, plus a lot of determination, I started to focus all of my energy on what I wanted instead of what I didn’t want. I walked and ran within six weeks.”

Now Amanda runs her own business helping others find their path to recovery.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Amanda says that “what you learn from those lessons teaches you the person that you need to be to then live the life that you dream of.”

A Chronic Entrepreneur

Amanda Campbell personifies the term ‘entrepreneur’. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 24, it wasn’t until she turned 29 and had an MS attack that left her paralysed, that she began to redefine who she was and live life on her own terms.

Since then she has launched a number of successful businesses, all with the mission of helping others live full and healthy lives. She is an avid learner, having completed a number of degrees and working as an accredited sports kinesiologist, and works as an ambassador for MS Limited.

She’s the founder of Nourissh – now Amanda Campbell Health – working with organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, and the founder of Bend Like Bamboo – one of Australia’s leading kinesiology practices. She shares her story and journey to where she is today with us below.

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Amanda enjoys her volunteer role as an Ambassador for MS Australia

Amanda had a fast paced, high profile professional career in the fashion industry, when this multi-talented young woman’s life changed tune.

During 2009 at the age of twenty nine it took just ten days for this dynamic young woman’s body to almost completely shut down.

Left-sided paralysis left this normally very focused and independent young woman, scared and without the ability to lift her left arm and leg.

Admission to hospital followed by two months of rehabilitation led Amanda to hit rock bottom and she asked herself if she would ever walk again.

What followed was a miraculous awakening, where Amanda found the strength to find her way back to wellness and to get her life back.




Why You Should Avoid All Nighters

Why You Should Avoid All Nighters

“You need to give your body the right environment to repair and thrive”
By Amanda Campbell

Sleep is critical in helping the body and mind repair.
You can add more stress on the body if you pull an all nighter, as the body responds in an alarmed state leading to inflammation and stress.
Try getting 7-9 hours per night in a dark room try reading the books you love before bed because this also saturates your mind with inspiration on the topics that are aligned with you that you want to attract into your life.

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Amanda Campbell’s story

Today, I wear a few hats in my new career in Health and Complementary Medicine.

I am an Ambassador for MS Limited (Australia), Sports Kinesiologist and Motivational Speaker.

Let’s rewind 10 years ago to 2004 when I was 24 years old. I was enjoying life in every way possible, working in the Fashion Industry; a career that I loved. I was happy, dating and out with my friends.

This was the year I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

I was a determined, career driven young woman, so understandably I was shocked and devastated.

I had a few minor symptoms over the next few years including numbness, balance issues, and weakness on the left hand side of my body. But they were often years apart so this allowed me to live in denial of my diagnosis.

In 2009 I lost my ability to walk from a big MS attack that paralysed the entire left hand side of my body. I lost my career and the use of my body. Simple little things like the ability to wash and feed myself became the most difficult task of the day. I lost my big fashion career and life as I knew it. I went from running around, enjoying my life, to standing still and paralysed. I was living life to its fullest, and suddenly found myself in turmoil and darkness. I went from feeling in complete control of my future, to feeling totally helpless.

In less than ten days my whole world had crumbled, as my body slowly, day by day, became paralysed. I could not feel or move the left hand side of my body. It became dead and heavy. My sister literally had to drag me, on her back, up and down stairs along the carpet, to see my doctor.

They checked me into hospital at the beginning of January 2009 and I knew going in that I wasn’t going to be leaving any time soon. They started me on the standard MS therapy, a high dose of Steroids for 3 days. I was not responding – so they continued for a total of 5 days. But I still could not move.

I was moved into rehab at Epworth Richmond in Melbourne and the work began. I stayed for 2 months. I hit rock bottom, I had to ask myself “am I ever going to walk again”? I was stretched to my limits emotionally and physically, beyond normal comprehension and everything stopped.

One day, I remember sitting in my wheelchair in my rehab session, working hard, trying to make my fingers open and close, with tears running down my face, because it was so hard! And so in that moment I just decided. I awakened. I was either going to give up now or I was going to tackle this head on!

So I did what I knew, I worked hard. I was first in at Physiotherapy and the last to leave. I was a woman on a mission – 3 sessions a day 5 times a week.

I had to learn how to use my hand again. I was taught all over again how to pick things up and I had to learn how to walk again. You don’t know what you are capable of in times like this. A switch turned on inside of me, and I channelled my rock bottom moment into pure drive to fight. I was determined to leave hospital not only walking, but running!

I left there running. It wasn’t the most graceful of runs. I won’t win medals for it. It definitely was an awkward looking run. But I did it.

It wasn’t just me, far from it. I had an amazing team of people who helped me. These people made me believe that I could do it. They stood with me when I couldn’t stand and helped me get to where I am today. I was blessed. I had Physio’s, Speech Therapists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Neurologists, and Kinesiologists, family and friends. I could not have come through this with the courage and determination that I had, if it had not have been for my loving supportive family and friends, in particular my twin sister Nicole.

She was there every day and night. Even sleeping next to me in my single hospital bed some nights. I cannot begin to explain how much I appreciate her and count my lucky stars for her kindness and unconditional love, through the hardest time of my life.

Week by week I started to get movement back in my toes and fingers, then arms and legs and my face. I started to walk with a foot brace. Then I progressed to walking with my knee taped up, to walking on my own. And those first few steps to freedom were… indescribable.

As horrific as it was (the experience of paralysis), it was equally as joyful taking those first few steps to walking again. I will forever be indebted to the exceptional Neuro-Physiotherapists at Epworth Richmond, Gavin Williams and also Shaun. It was in my sessions that I met and spent every day with other patients that were going through similar things; car accidents and strokes. So many stories, so much suffering. I found that I had re-evaluated my life, and I was grateful to be getting better, finally. This sort of stuff changes you, it humbles you.

Another man that got me walking again in conjunction with the Physiotherapists, was an Applied Kinesiologist Dr. Michael Bay. After a session with Michael, the Physio’s asked me the next day, “what did you do? You are 20% better overnight, you are recovering so rapidly!”.

It was the Kinesiology session, waking the nerve pathways up from my muscles back up to my brain. The Physio’s at the start warned me that it would take time to learn how to walk again, pick things up, drive a car and get back to normal life. And it was going to be work and luck if it came back at all.

I ran in 6 weeks.

One year on I now had full function back in my body.

This inspired me to go back to college to study Kinesiology and addressing my nutrition helped me get my mobility back so well, that I went back to college to study for a Diploma in Sports Kinesiology, and unravelled the complexities of Autoimmune Disease.

I specialise in the emotional links to disease or physical stress, Autoimmune Disease, symptoms of bladder urgency and frequency, depression and anxiety, fatigue and pain.

I believe that a number of things in combination have helped keep my MS dormant for the past 8 years now. I have now dedicated my life to teach others how I achieved this through my Private Practice Bend like Bamboo, Public Speaking, and now the book I am currently writing about my journey to wellness.

We tailor a program to the individual to help them find balance again. To ‘bend like bamboo’ is to bend with all the change that is inevitable in life.

The best way to describe Kinesiology is it’s like physical psychology. Think of Acupuncture and Counselling in one session without the needles! 90% of our brain capacity stems from the subconscious part of the brain, which is in charge of our memories and past experiences. It is from these memories and experiences that our core beliefs, behaviours and habits are formed, usually from age 0-6 years old.

It is this subconscious part of the brain that we access as Kinesiologists, via the integrity of the muscles. Your muscles are connected to your brain via the Nervous System and run through multiple meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kinesiology can help you to access blocked emotions, blocked qi and fear-based beliefs that can limit you, ultimately causing physical symptoms and illness.

If your core beliefs are fear based they also affect what you attract in your life. All you need to do is ask yourself ‘does my reality fall in line with my desires?’ ‘Do I have great health?’ ‘Do I attract love in my life?’ ‘Do I have financial abundance?’ ‘Do things seem to come easily or does everything seem hard all the time?’

If your reality doesn’t match what you actually are wanting in your life then you know that your core beliefs do not match your desires you now have as an adult.

These fear-based beliefs and blocked emotions that are not serving you in your life are interfering with your health, thoughts, emotions, what you attract, achieving your dreams and more importantly they are holding you back from having good health.

The results for me have been truly astounding.

After I recovered from that paralysis I came across Dr. Terry Wahls, a Neurologist with Secondary Progressive MS. She had been confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair for a few years. As a Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa USA, Dr. Wahls has a sound scientific background. For many years she was taught to focus on treating the disease, not on creating health. Modern drugs were failing her and so she hit the books and she studied further at this time and found a miraculous discovery. If she fed the mitochondria (energy centre) of her cells, deficient in those with an Autoimmune disease, she recovered.

Dr. Wahls was told that her MS was likely due to a prior infection and unknown environmental factors. Interestingly no one asked her or mentioned lifestyle or diet. After adopting the ‘Wahls Protocol’ that she designed she went from being in a wheelchair for 3 years to bike riding a marathon in 9 months. Taking a balanced approach, after years of investigating and research, reducing stress with mind-body medicine and educating myself on how to nourish my body on a cellular level, this is now my eighth consecutive year of no new lesions, no disease progression, and virtually no more MS symptoms.

I think its important to note here that I think conventional medicine can work well in conjunction with complimentary medicine. I utilise both in my health program and I do what is right for me. I have found that educating myself about the various fields of research has not only changed my attitude from living in denial, in fear, of my future to feeling empowered and becoming an active and informed patient, reaping benefits from all approaches available in our medical fields.

Knowledge is power. Such knowledge can also only improve patient care and I do hope we can live in a world very soon where our neurologists are teaching and educating their clients about wellness prevention and dealing with the cause of their disease, lifestyle factors and nutrition, as well as treating their symptoms with the conventional drugs that we have available.

In 2014 Pete Evans shared my story and I jumped on stage with him at The Paleo Way. I became booked out in my practice for 6 months in advance and had to hire a few more Kinesiologists to assist me. As a result I saw people from all over the world with various different physical and mental ailments or disease. It has made me the practitioner I am now.

A year later Vino Mofo invested $250,000 and Co-Founded my startup to help us on our mission to make ethically sourced and nutrient dense meals convenient to buy and eat – designed to maximize the mitochondria, brain and gut health.

After all that I have learned and what I have studied. To transform the body and mind, for me it came down to 3 core elements :

1.    Eat better – nourish your body on a cellular level to achieve results.

2.    Feel better – when you eat better you are going to feel better physically and emotionally.

This will lead to making better decisions and allows you to build a life that you value. You can then start to feel worthy enough to design a life that inspires you.

3.    This helps you to become a connected human.

It is from this place that you will see things from a new perspective. As a connected human, you will gain a higher understanding of life, potentially leading you to your true purpose or calling. You will be able to see obstacles as opportunities. This flow state is very important in health and in business.

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I hope I have given you an insight into MS, what it is and how it has affected my life, my family and me. I hope that by sharing with you my story of loss and transformation that you come away feeling inspired. I hope I have sparked some motivation, to start your own discovery of disease prevention and wellness.

5 easy ways to reduce stress Guest Blog by My Deal

5 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress

Guest blog by My Deal

Living in this world is a stressful thing. From work life to the news, it’s hard to keep calm and carry on. However, there a few easy ways you can control your stress levels, and keep them down.


Meditation is a great stress buster. Amanda has the perfect way to relieve stress from your busy day, and it can be done anywhere. Take some time out of your day, preferably around twenty minutes, and sit somewhere comfortable. “Breathe in, breathe out, count 1 (in your head). Breathe in, breathe out count 2…. Up until you get to 10. Then go back to 1. When a thought comes in – catch it and label it. Was that thought about fear, anger, resentment, sadness? Or was it about love, hope, joy, peace? Let the thought go and go back to breathing and counting. This practice will allow you to find more quiet in the mind.” This will clear your mind, and reduce agitation in your thoughts.

Cuddle Your Pet

It’s been proven that a pet can reduce your stress levels. If your fur baby is sitting on its bed, give them a cuddle Playing with your pet increases levels of oxytocin (the “love” hormone), which will then reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Your pet is there for companionship, so don’t make them feel lonely. Giving them a cuddle benefits both of you. With the increase of oxytocin, your stress levels will reduce, making you calm and relaxed.


Spending time outdoors is a great way to manage stress levels. Having a hobby that takes place outside will benefit your health in more ways than one. Get your hands dirty by doing some gardening; not only does it calm you down, it also gets your blood moving. Exercise in itself is essential for stress relief. As you dig, stretch and weed, you may not be burning hundreds of calories, but you’ll be working up a sweat, which releases endorphins and triggers happy emotions.

Listen To Music

Although there is no scientific proof, it has been suggested that listening to music can impact your health. Just as classical music can help those who are studying, Music can help reduce your stress levels. Spend some time listening to slow, classic music. It can slow down our pulse and heart rate., which then decreases levels of cortisol.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

Yeah, it’s easier said than done, but surrounding yourself with negative thoughts and company can make you feel stressed. If your friendship circle is constantly spurting negative thoughts, you’re more likely to experience negative thoughts too. Removing toxic people from your life, and introducing positive thinking and people can reduce stress, increase oxytocin levels and keep you focused on the positives.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life; it’s impossible to avoid the curveballs life throws at you, but you can always change the way you react to them, and how you can keep yourself calm. Taking a few minutes out of every day to restore your thoughts may not only help your day, it can help your future.

Ally Feiam is the marketing & content creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.

What taxes your energy?

This week I want to talk about what taxes you energy?

The key is to understand why you do what you do!

When you are next stressed out about something here are some tips to help rewire your brain to work through it in a new way that will change your life.

“I am upset” – you might say to yourself. “That is unfair… of course my meeting cancelled. A date doesn’t call you back, I don’t feel valued at work…. why does this always happen to me? I am so upset”

Is this true? Ask yourself.
Because sometimes we can be stressed out about what is actually going on.
OR that scenario can be triggering off something old.

How you react is a direct mirror of what you actually believe about yourself.

If any of your beliefs are negative like “I am not enough, no one wants to love me, I am not successful or capable. I am not valued. It like like putting those beliefs on as goggles for your eyes.

So that is how you will see the world, and all you will see in any situation in your day.

This is also what is making you tired as negative and limiting beliefs are connected to the biochemical pathways in your body and the neurology of your brain. If you have been through trauma in your life you will also have strong pathways of stress, survival mode and going into a protective mindset. This fires adrenaline and cortisol, burning glucose for fuel leading to food cravings for carbs, sugar and potentially inflammation in the body.

Rebellious behaviors and sabotage is also connected to this process as it is a mirror image of what you deeply believe. The brain is designed to make your beliefs true. It is called reticular activation. Learn more on that here :

Physical symptoms are a sign that you are not listening to your mind

Or you may be suppressing how you really feel about something as it is too painful to process.

At Bend like Bamboo I specialise in helping my clients unravel this, to rewire the brain and select a new pathway that must be created. The mind must learn to feel safe to select this new pathway and Kinesiology is the perfect tool to do just this. When we come form a place of ‘I am enough, I am safe, everything works out for me” we fire the neurology and biochemistry of ‘safe mode’ where we also burn fat for fuel, reducing inflammation. When our mind feels safe to put on the breaks we can start to believe positive beliefs and tap into our innate wisdom.

Believing it is key. When your beliefs align with your desires that is where the magic happens. We call is the flow state, the sweet spot and how you manifest. But also this is the right environment your body needs to repair and reorganise.

When we reconnect with ourselves we can alter the brain, how it responds and ultimately change our minds about how we feel about ourselves and our environment.